All it took was a 95-second video to change the course of a career for a physical education teacher who worked in a California school district for 10 years.
Earlier this year, Denny Peterson, a P.E. teacher at Edison High School in the Stockton, California, was filmed dragging a 14-year-old student on the deck toward the pool. The girl, who fought against going into the water, said several times that her top was falling down. In one instance, the teacher could be heard saying "that's alright."
Watch the footage taken with the cellphone by a fellow student:
According to KXTV-TV, Peterson was put on paid leave following the August incident and later reassigned. This week, he was served a misdemeanor charge for corporal injury to a child and put on leave again.The family's attorney said they are considering a lawsuit.
"Regardless of her participation, it should disgust you how this man put his hands on a 14-year-old girl. She said multiple times, 'my top is falling down,'" Gilbert Somera, the family's lawyer, told KXTV. "No means no and stop means stop. This isn't a situation where she's attacking a teacher and he's defending himself. When a woman or a 14-year-old girl says no, it means no."
Why the struggle in the first place? The girl didn't want to get into the pool because she had her hair done for a later event and didn't want to get it wet, the news station reported.
KXTV reported that the school district only said in a statement that it "acted appropriately" and did not elaborate further.